May 2019 Goals: Blogging, Writing, and More

May 2019 Goals: Blogging, Writing, and More

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We have some exciting news to share…..

We are expecting our first little bundle of joy due this October!

These last few months have been difficult to focus on blogging, writing, and pretty much anything else but sleep. I am currently now in my second trimester but the first was a little difficult. All I wanted to do was sleep and did everything I could to keep the nausea away.

I am now in week 14 of pregnancy and I finally feel like myself again, just a with a little more belly. I’m growing every day and I imagine every day what our baby will look like. It’s such an exciting time, but it has also pushed back our abilities to pay off our debt and travel.

With babies and pregnancy comes a lot of appointments, therefore we will be stationary for another year here in Texas. I can’t complain! We are surrounded by our loving family that is so willing to be there and help with anything we need.

On to blogging and goals….. now that I feel like myself again I have to put more focus on writing. With that being said I will be adding another category on “Camping”. I have been camping since I was just a few months old. I don’t remember, of course, but there are great pictures of my dad feeding me by the campfire.

Camping has been a huge part of my life and I really want to share my experiences along with Living in an RV.

So let’s discuss this months goal. As you can see I switched up the title a little bit because focusing on paying off our debt has been placed on the back burner. So now I will turn my focus on my blog and writing. 

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May 2019 Goals:
Goal 1: Post a new quality blog at least once a week

I really want to post more than once a week, however, from my past, it tends to stress me out with work and other things life throws at you. Therefore, posting once a week is a good goal.

I did have it set to post on Tuesday’s, however, that stressed me out. It felt like I was back in school and there was always this deadline. The deadline almost made me love my enthusiasm for blogging altogether.

I enjoy blogging, writing, and being creative, but not when I feel forced. So I don’t have a set date in which I will post, but more when I feel like it! I want to blog to be fun and enjoyable!

Goal 2: Social Media

Social media in any business or blog these days are a necessity. For Blogging, I know Pinterest is highly recommended and needed to gain traffic. So I will focus heavily on Pinterest and utilizing Tailwind to schedule my posts.

I also am apart of an amazing group on Facebook of fellow bloggers that I intend to utilize heavily for traffic and comments.

Goal 3: Research the best ways to promote a blog

If you want to get anywhere in life, you have to promote yourself, your business, or in my case my blog. I know there are other platforms to promote new posts too, but I haven’t done very extensive research. I will research and find the best couple sources to post new blogs that will be beneficial to m niche.

Goal 4: Blog Views Sessions

Since I slowed down on writing the last two months due to the pregnancy, my traffic on my blog has decreased. I stopped writing as much, I stopped my Pinterest strategy and stopped using tailwind and Facebook to gain traffic. I saw my traffic drop, therefore, what I was doing was working. So hopefully this month things will turn back around!

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So Let’s Recap! My goals for May are:

  1. Post a New Quality Blog once a week
  2. Social Media: Pinterest (Gain 100 More followers and create a pinning strategy) and really utilize Tailwind. Post more on Facebook blogging groups I am apart of.
  3. Research other ways to promote my blog
  4. Increase my Blog Views (Average 180 – 250 Sessions a day)

I am ready for this month of May! I have some great ideas now that my energy and creativity are back. It’s time to grow this blog and grow this little bundle of joy at the same time!

I also plan on posting future ideas on camping and RVing with babies and how to prepare! That is to come later this year! Stay tuned and up to date by signing up for my newsletter!

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March 2019 Goals: Our Journey to a Debt Free Life and More!

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The Month of February is complete, so now it is time to recap on my monthly goals and set new ones for March!

My goals for February came with a greater understanding of what I can handle with my full-time job and overall busy life.

Good thing is, I did not get sick in February as I did in January. Therefore, obtaining my goals was a little easier. Let’s recap on February’s goals;

My goals for February were:

  1. Post a New Quality Blog once a week
  2. Workout 3x a week
  3. Paint the RV Bathroom
  4. Social Media: Pinterest (Gain 100 More followers and create a pinning strategy)
  5. Blog View (Average 180 – 250 Sessions a day)

Let’s dissect the first goal I had in February of posting one quality post a week. I am happy to say that I crushed this goal! I am very satisfied with the content that was published. With working Full-time, I felt more at ease posting and writing one blog a week. It allowed me more time to really focus and write quality posts.

On to my fitness goal of working out 3x a week! This I completed! I started doing more yoga which has helped gain my strength back up as well as flexibility. Yoga 3x a week is easier than jumping into P90x or Insanity right now. I also started to recognize the pain in my left shoulder and hip has become easier to manage and most days there is no pain. Yoga is really benefiting me!

Painting the Bathroom! YEP! I did it! First I placed the TiC TAC Tile as the backsplash behind the sink, then taped and painted! So happy with the results!

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My third goal regarding Social Media was all about Pinterest. First I realized that Pinterest is not actually ‘social media’, but more of a search engine. The goal was to gain 100 more followers and develop a pinning strategy. I started with 210 followers and I am happy to announce that I now have 379 followers, and averaging 150k Monthly viewers. This goal was completed! I hope to continue to grow my Pinterest.

The Final goal I had was my blog/website views/sessions. I averaged around 80 to 150 a day, and unfortunately, this is still average. I’m glad I am getting so many views, but I would still like to see more. My goal was to get to 180 to 250 average.

However, I have come to realize that my views will grow with each blog post. It also has a lot to do with Pinterest and the images I create for each blog post. Almost 95% of my traffic comes from Pinterest. I am happy to say that I did have one Saturday in February where my views reached over 600 in one day. That was very exciting for me.

March 2019 Goals:
Goal 1: Post a new quality blog at least once a week

Posting 1 new piece of content a week served me really well in February. It helped me get into a writing groove that I am still trying to perfect. Therefore, I will keep this goal for March.

Goal 2: Work out 3x times a week.

Again, I am choosing to keep this goal because February was a good month and working out 3x a week was doable. I am also loving the Yoga and I am going to continue building strength and flexibility. Plus, it is helping me manage my sports injuries in my left shoulder and left hip.

Goal 3: Social Media

I am keeping my Pinterest goal for March. Since this platform is so important for bloggers, I want to continue to learn everything about it. I would like to gain another 100 more followers on Pinterest and continue to develop a better strategy for pinning. Right now, I have 379 followers on Pinterest and an average 150K monthly viewers.

I have read that Pinterest can sometimes act like a moody teenager meaning the views on pins and profiles can really change drastically. So far February was really consistent, so I am hoping the March will remain the same with just a consistent growth.

I am also a member of Tailwind, so I will continue to use this software to pin on Pinterest.

Goal 4: Blog Views Sessions

With Google Analytics I will continue to check on my views and sessions per day, as well as, begin to look at my weekly and monthly sessions. I did notice that my session on a monthly average is increasing.

For December (when I signed up for Google Analytics) I had 1.9K sessions. For January, I had 2.5K sessions and for February I had 3.1K sessions.

Therefore, I am growing on the monthly count and maybe looking at Daily counts are not the best to see my blog’s growth.

So, I am going to set a monthly goal for March at 3.5K sessions on my blog.

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There you have it! February was a good month and I’m looking forward to March. Due to February’s success, I’m more motivated than ever.

Goals for our DEBT FREE JOURNEY!

Currently, we are sitting at Two Credit Cards, 1 personal loan, 1 large student loan, RV loan, and a truck loan averaging about $95K in debt. After our budgeting and working out our finances about mid-February, we are on track to have the 1 credit card, and the personal loan to be completely paid off by the end of July 2019. That is huge!

I am excited about March! The goals I have are attainable and of course, this month is when things start to warm up here in Texas. I love the warm weather! It gets me going and keeps me motivated when the temperatures outside are comfortable!

Comment below, what are your goals for this month? Whether it’s for your blog, business, or lifelike physical fitness or finances! I would love to know and cheer you on!

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12+ Must Have RV Essentials For New RV Owners

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Owning an RV is such an amazing adventure to embark on. According to the RV Industry Association, it is estimated that approximately 10 million Americans own RVs. That is an impressive number and it is continuously growing. So, you are not alone in your RVing journey!

If you are looking to purchase or already own one there are definitely items that are needed that do not come with your RV purchase. Items like leveler blocks and sewer hoses that you just cannot camp or live without as an RV owner.

Now, when we first purchased our RV we had a lot to figure out. However, after the first couple of weeks living full-time in our RV, we quickly realized that we were missing some much-needed items. Items that have now made our living and traveling so much easier, safer, and cleaner!

Therefore, with our knowledge, trials, and expertise as full-timers, we put together a list of accessories we have purchased. We also added explanations on why they are necessary for the RV journey!

So, whether you made your purchase for weekend camping or you are going to be living full-time like us, this list is everything you will need to get started!

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Leveler blocks

These are a must! We figured this out the hard way. Our first month of living full-time, the RV was un-level.  It was frustrating, to say the least. We purchased these leveler blocks and made sure on our next site we leveled the tires first. You can also use the blocks under the stabilizers to keep from over extension as well as the front jack. 

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Wheel Chocks

These are a safety must to prevent any accidental movements. Many places actually require that wheel chocks are used when you set up any RV or Trailer. 

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Power extension cord

The 50amp power extension cord was the first item we purchased after buying our RV.  Where we were parked we needed about 70ft of extension and the 35ft cord that came with just wasn’t enough. Plus, it is always nice to have extra in case one surges out. 

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Amp Converter

Every RV Park is going to have different amp plug in options. Many times it is either 30 amps or 50amps. Having a converter is going to save you a trip to the store and allow you to stay at more parks. Our RV takes 50 amps, so we have the 50amp Female/30amp Male.

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Drinking Water Hose

This type of hose is a must to have because the material in a regular garden hose can contain unsafe materials/minerals to drink. The Drinking Water Hose is BPA and Lead Free for safer water consumption.


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Water Pressure Regulator

Water regulators help control the city water pressure and protects your RV’s Pipes from busting. They regulate the pressure to being a safe 50 to 55 psi.

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Water Purifier

We love this because you never know what the water will be like going to camp to camp. Therefore, a purifier to hook up to your hose before the water comes in to your tanks or lines is a nice safety measure for your tanks as well as drinking.

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Mattress topper or new mattress that fits in a RV

Let’s be honest, the mattresses that are provided with the RV (unless you custom order) is extremely hard and uncomfortable. Whether you live full-time or camping on the weekends, no one wants to sleep on a rock hard mattress. Therefore, purchasing an RV Mattress topper was a must have for use!

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Dehumidifier

I can’t tell you how many stories I have read about mold in an RV due to humidity! Many times the mold forms near windows and beds especially when it’s cold outside and warm inside. A Dehumidifier can help prevent the build up of moisture and further prevent mold growth.

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Sewer Hose

Honestly, no one with an RV should be camping without one. A sewer hose is a must have for safety and sanitary reasons! A sewer hose is designed to hook up to the black and grey tanks output pipes, and then hook to the other end to a dump. It prevents disgusting mishaps and allows one to properly release the tanks waste.

Tank Treatments

Honestly, we have no idea we needed this until the horenduous smells after taking a shower or dumping fumigated our RV. We tried many methods to help with the smell including the GEO method of Dawn and Fabric softener. This does help, but I also highly recommend Happy Camper. It helps break down the waste as well as combat the smells.


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Decomposing Toilet Paper

You can buy special RV toilet paper or another kind like SCOTT but whatever you decide you want to use decomposing because is prevents build up and blockage. I have read horror stories of RV toilets and black tanks clogging up due to toilet paper blockage. Therefore, the soft fluffy toilet paper like Charmen is not the best to use in an RV.

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Air Compressor

When traveling, this is a must! Before leaving a camp checking the air in the tires should be a priority and having a portable air compressor available is extremely convenient. 

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Power Surge Protector

Surge protector can help prevent your RV’s electrical system and appliances from frying from either bad wired power supply at a campsite or Lightning.

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Tire Covers

Tire Covers prevent the tire’s rubber from sun exposure that causes them lose the moisture in the tire’s rubber, also known as Dry Rot! Having Dry Rot in your tires can be a disaster on the road. Great preventative measure to have tire covers, especially if you are going to be camped without moving for awhile.

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No Sway/Weight Distribution Bars

These are a MUST if you have a Travel Trailer/Bumper pull. Our RV is a 34 ft bumper pull, and having these No Sway Bars was a non-negotiable for us. The guys at Route66 in Oklahoma set them up for us because having them properly installed is extremely important for them to work correctly.

This was the best and most important purchase to make when towing a Travel Trailer. The No Sway Bars prevent the trailer from swaying by gusts of wind while driving, which further prevents overturning your entire trailer and truck.

There you have it! We really hope this list provides some great insight on items that are very useful when owning an RV, whether you are full-time or a seasonal/weekend traveler. All of these items are must for us because they have made our lives of living in an RV easier, safer, and cleaner.  

If you have any suggestions on great items you’ve found or are must haves living the RV lifestyle, please comment below! We would love to here from you!

 

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Winter RV Living: Survive An Overnight Freeze

Winter RV Living: Survive An Overnight Freeze

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Winter RV Living! Surviving an overnight freeze during the winter in an RV while living full-time, was a first for us in November 2018. We live in Fort Worth, Texas, so while we don’t experience the snow very often, we do get below 32 degrees.

I searched and searched the internet on advice on how to prepare your RV for an overnight freeze, and I just couldn’t find much. Maybe it was what I was searching, but it was beginning to get frustrating. I did learn how to winterize your RV if you’re going to be storing, but not if you’re living in one.

So, I am writing this blog specifically for those living Full-Time or staying in an RV during the winter who have the same questions I had the day we had a freeze warning. Questions like: What do I do? How to keep my tanks and pipes from freezing? Should I get more propane or space heaters or both?

What we did

 

Shut off the water hose and cleared the pipes

Our freezes are usually just an overnight affair here in Fort Worth, Texas. So, once it warms up the next day we don’t have to worry about pipes or hoses freezing. Therefore shutting the water off while we sleep isn’t a big issue. We also made sure we had water bottles or jugged water in the fridge filled and ready to go.

So, the night before (since we did not have a heated hose) we completely shut off our water and detached the water hose. We then make sure our lines and pipes are free of water by turning on the faucets inside to clear the lines. We don’t worry about the water in the water heater because it’s electric and stays warm. If you do turn off your water heater, the best suggestion is to release the water to prevent freezing and ruining your hot water tank.

Another option is to purchase a heated water hose and some styrofoam to cover your pipes for extra insulation. A good practice is to keep your cabinets open in the kitchen and bathroom. This allows the pipes to stay warm.

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Released the tanks

Next thing we did was released our tanks and kept our valves closed. Now, I did see that it is okay to not release them if they are 1/3 full, and the tanks have a heating element or heating pads that keep them from freezing. However, I always like to be safe then sorry so since we could release them, we did!

 

Stocked up on Propane and bought a space heater

After shutting off water and releasing the tanks, next we set out to check our propane tanks. However, we actually ran out of propane right before the freeze and kind of freaked, so we learned this one the hard way. Luckily, my husband’s brother in law had an extra tank that we could use for the night. Therefore, we didn’t have to run to the store. So, lesson learned, when it’s cold, always have extra propane.

Another option if you don’t want to rack up a high bill of propane during the winter months is to buy a space heater. Our RV has an electric fireplace, but even that doesn’t put off enough to heat the whole RV when it below 32 degrees outside. So, having an extra space heater won’t hurt and will save you money on propane.

The best space heaters we have found is this Ontel Handy Heater and the Trustech Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater. It plugs right into the wall and is great for bedrooms or bathrooms. It saves so much space too!

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Got a Dehumidifier

Another thing is condensation! With the cold air outside and the warm air inside, this causes condensation on the windows. Over time, if not properly dealt with can cause mold issues. Therefore, purchasing a dehumidifier is very handy and helps prevent future mold issues. Also, we love using the Arm & Hammer moisture absorbers. We place these in the bedrooms, closet, bathroom, and can be put pretty much anywhere.

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Insulated windows

To keep the warm in and cold out, insulating your windows is recommended because RV windows are usually pretty thin compared to those put in houses. This can be done with bubble wrap, styrofoam, or insulation boards and some velcro or tape. This will also help with the condensation too that can accumulate on your windows. For a quick buy, you can just check out the local hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot.

 

Purchase an RV Skirt

RV skirts are great, especially if you are going to experience snow. These skirts provide protection from wind and debris blowing underneath. They also insult the underbelly of your RV to help further prevent your tanks and pipes from freezing.

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We Bundled Up!

And Last, but not least…BLANKETS! Stay bundled up with blankets, socks, warm clothes and yes… even gloves! Our favorite blankets are wool blankets specifically because that is one of the warmest material. Wool blankets are great for indoor snuggles or outdoor sitting by the fire. 😊 Also, Don’t forget the Coffee, Hot Tea, or Hot Chocolate for extra warmth!!

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So, let’s recap on what we did to keep our RV from freezing and how we stayed warm during our Texas Freeze.

-Turned the water off and clear water lines. (Unless you have a heated water hose. In this case, having Styrofoam for extra insulation on the pipes, open cabinets and keep the water dripping out of the faucet)

-Release Tanks

-Purchase Extra Propane or a Space Heater

-Purchase a Dehumidifier

-Insulate your Windows

-Purchase an RV Skirt

-Bundle up! Wool Blankets, socks, warm clothes! Stay Warm!!

I hope you enjoyed reading and I hope this helps answer some questions on staying warm during a freeze while in an RV. While we make these suggestions, we are not responsible for any mishaps, freezing pipes and hoses, or fires. We do recommend you use safety measures and read your RV’s owner’s manual.

If you have any other tips that has helped you during a Freeze, please leave us a comment! Don’t forget to follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter!


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RV – What it is Like to Live Full-Time

RV – What it is Like to Live Full-Time

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What is it like to live in an RV? Is it all it’s presented to be on Instagram and Pinterest?

Seriously, when we were making the decision to go tiny I was so in love with the idea that I would be on Pinterest for hours. I would look at all of the amazing RV renovations and think to myself, how awesome living in one would be. A cozy little home on wheels that just happens to be perfectly decorated. What an amazing way to live!

But is it really like that?

Before we took the leap, we wanted to know what life in an RV was truly like. We learned quite a bit from reading forums, and also from facebook groups dedicated to living in an RV full-time. We found that the majority of those who opted for the minimalist RV life was truly enjoying it. This not only gave us peace of mind about our decision, but it also helped to fuel the drive to make this dream of ours a reality.

Plus my husband and I loved the idea of a simple life and having less. Personally, Matthew and I believe…

“happiness isn’t in the things you possess but in the moments
and experiences you encounter.”

As I mentioned before, I may have been a little Pinterest and Instagram obsessed during the beginning of our journey. I dreamed of the perfectly organized, cozy, and minimalistic lifestyle that social media presented. With fewer belongings, I imagined it would be much easier to keep things organized, and simple. But what is living in an RV full-time really like?

So let’s get into it….

What it’s like to live in an RV…

Living in an RV is really cool! At least we think it is! Having the ability to get up and take your home anywhere you want is a sense of freedom that you just don’t get in a house or apartment. Knowing you have the ability to go and travel anywhere, from the Grand Canyon in Arizona one week to the Beaches in Florida the next is exhilarating. However, if you’re planning on staying at RV resorts there is some planning that has to take place. Many RV parks require reservations ahead of time.

Cleaning: Honestly, it takes about an hour to clean the whole place including dusting, sweeping, mopping, dishes and putting away laundry. Less time cleaning and more time enjoying life. I hate cleaning and knowing that I don’t have to clean an 800 square foot apartment or a 1,200 square foot house is a stress reliever. Now, we do sweep on a daily basis because dirt and dog hair accumulates a lot quicker in a small space.

Hooking up the Trailer: Hooking up our trailer is heavy work. Therefore, we prefer to have us both working together to get it hooked up properly with our sway bars. We purchased the Husky Sway bars and had the gentlemen at Route66RV in Oklahoma when we purchased the rig, set it all up for us properly. The bars were a non-negotiable for us when we bought the travel trailer. The reason we have the sway bars is to help keep the travel trailer from swaying from side to side. This swaying could result in dangerous overturning, especially when traveling on flat roads with high winds or passing big 18-wheelers.

Leveling: Leveling the RV is a process that can take either 20 minutes or an hour depending on your site. It helps a lot when you have leveling blocks. Trust me, we didn’t purchase these right away and totally regretted it! After all, we were newbies, and thoughts we will be fine, but they make a huge difference. Our RV was unlevel for the first 2 months of living full time. It was uncomfortable and frustrating. Also, not every site is going to have level concrete pads to park on. So again, these are a must and leveling as best you can is not only good for your RV but also good for you if you hate things being unlevel like I do. q? encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=B00480BWCI&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format= SL250 &tag=exploringnews 20 - RV - What it is Like to Live Full-Timeir?t=exploringnews 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B00480BWCI - RV - What it is Like to Live Full-Time

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Packing: Packing up the RV to get ready to go on a trip can be time-consuming. We like to have it clean before leaving anywhere. We also have dishes and things that can break, so we have to pack them up with towels or bubble wrap. There is a total checklist of things that have to be checked, tucked, packed, and taken care of before actually hitting the road. Our RV doesn’t give us access to the Fridge when traveling because of the slides, so we have to pack a cooler to save on food and buying unnecessary road trip food items. Luckily, we do have a fridge though that runs off electric and stays cool for up to 4 hours, so we don’t have to worry about food spoiling while driving.

Water: Water preserving is a learned skill. Shorter showers are a must, turning off the water when brushing your teeth or doing the dishes starts to become a habit. The more water you use, the quicker your grey tank fills up. Our Grey tank is only 35 gallons and fills up fast. If you are running only from your fresh water tank, you definitely learn to conserve water even more because that is only 40 gallons. So, having water bottles, a water filter in the fridge, and jugged water is a good thing especially if you are going boondocking or traveling.

Black and Grey Tanks: The emptying of the black and grey tanks can get annoying, but it does become a normal process especially if you are living fulltime and/or boon-docking. Honestly, it is disgusting and stinky! We always have disposable gloves handy for release days. We use a GEO method, for now, to help combat the smell in the tanks. Our sensors to our tanks have never worked like they did when we first purchased. Therefore, we have learned over the course of living full-time when it is time to release the tanks.


Organization: Perfect organization takes time and figuring out what you need and what you can go without does too. We still have things that we want to better organize like clothes and miscellaneous drawers. However, we have figured out what we truly need to live comfortably and honestly it’s not a lot. Having less storage and less wall space prevents over shopping. I am a Target Lover!! I love browsing around Target to see all the cute decor items, but I find myself thinking “where am I going to put that?” Less space, less shopping, less money spent on miscellaneous items.

Never STOP Learning: There is so much to learn about RVing like how to clean out your hot water heater or check and seal your windows and roof. Yes, even new RV’s can have broken a seal around a window. We know! Always staying on top of things, checking them and providing preventative maintenance is a must when living in an RV. Driving and having a flat because your tire has developed dry rot is not fun and can be a disaster. We personally have not experienced that, but have heard and read horror stories on Facebook RV groups we are apart of. Also learning and planning a travel route is a skill and takes time and research. Again, NEVER stop learning!!

I do have to admit, it is a lot like what I imagined but it does come with some lifestyle changes, and the renovation process is time-consuming if you choose to make interior changes. You do, however, come up with some creative ways to store and organize your things. Also, the many items that are not used on a daily or weekly basis end up not having a place in your new RV home.

So, while some things have changed with the way we live, the RV feels like home.

We’ve lived in a nice 1-bedroom apartment after we got married and the RV doesn’t feel any different. We still watch our favorite shows, cook normally on our stove, take a little quicker showers, and enjoy life as we did in our apartment, plus now we can take our home with us anywhere.

I hope this helps anyone looking to go out and buy an RV understand, at least our perspective, on what it’s like to live full time.

Do you live full-time or plan on making the transition? If so, what is it like for you to live in an RV or what do you expect it will be like? Leave a comment below!!


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