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    Nomadic simplicity-seeker who's passionate about minimalism, travel, mountains, the wilderness, and environmental awareness

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  1. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing more of your story-- and this wise insight.
  2. Many RVers seem to choose an affectionate name for their motorhome, 5th-wheel, trailer, or van. Have you done this? If so, what kind of RV do you have, and what is it's name?
  3. Agreed. With all the places/things to see out there, how could one grow bored? Unless you're living in a fixed location, as I currently am.
  4. Laughing... I can sure relate to that feeling! I experience it every time I come home from a road trip. I just keep itching to get back on the road. It's good to hear that you folks felt this, too, and that it helped prompt you to get out there for good.
  5. Hi Kirk, 24 years ago my parents and I full-timed in a 5th-wheel for 13-1/2 months. We were relocating to another state and by living this way were able to take our time finding the right house. (Along the way we agreed that we'd like to continue the full-time lifestyle, loving the freedom and care-free aspect of it. But we eventually succumbed to stick-and-brick living again because Mom and Dad had a large collection of lovely furniture and artwork in storage that was a 25-year accumulation. Sound familiar to anyone?) My beloved parents are both gone now, as are their beautiful possessions. I deeply respected their lifestyle choice but chose a different (minimalist) path for myself. Even if they were still alive, I believe they would support my RV lifestyle choice. My older brother fully understands my wanderlust spirit, as he's very similar. He once lived in a motorhome and thoroughly enjoyed it, but has since married a woman who refuses to live that lifestyle, so he stays put, feeling stuck. That's okay. It sometimes happens. Bless his heart-- he's very supportive of my choice to live on the road, continuing his dream through me. It's most of my friends who are having a hard time understanding it. RVing on a vacation? You bet. But purchasing an RV to live in full-time seems like an unwise expenditure of one's savings and a pipe-dream of a lifestyle. There still seems to be a prevailing belief that success is settling down, buying property, and progressing with a successful career. So that's my story. I've been curious about your stories, what it's been like for you, and how each of you started out. I've already been appreciating what folks have shared here.
  6. Hey Friends! When you made the decision to RV full-time, how did you break the news to your family and friends? Did your lifestyle choice make sense to them? And if not, how did you handle any opposition?
  7. Yes, we should be friends! It sounds like we're quite similar. And like your friend, I'd probably fit into the category of spartan minimalist (everything I own fits in my Suburu). You brought up some very good thoughts about the advantages of your truck camper (the ease of having your 1-ton truck worked on without your "home" being in the shop-- that's a huge one!!). And I do like the 4x4 and high clearance. (I've always been a pickup truck gal.) As a single woman, have you experienced anything harrowing while camping that made it frightening to leave your living quarters and go outside to access your truck?
  8. That's a truly helpful consideration, Pat & Pete. Thank you!
  9. Thanks Jay. Yes, I've thought about having to go outside a truck camper to access one's living quarters-- and that makes me slightly nervous. I'm a true minimalist (everything I own fits in my Suburu), and I've driven a 1-ton extended cab dually with a 5th-wheel trailer, so either a van or truck camper would be easy for me to operate. I guess it's the self-containment aspect that I'm trying to figure out. Haha. So are you voting for the van?
  10. Yarome, would you say that a 1-ton truck can handle all that weight without stressing the frame? I've always kinda wondered that, as I've seen several that seem to droop a bit under their top-heavy load. But I really like all the truck camper advantages that you mentioned here.
  11. Exactly! That's what I'm trying to avoid.
  12. Hi Linda. Your previous van, which you linked above, is beautiful!! And such low mileage! I'm not in the position to be able to afford such a lovely, new rig at this time. But I'm glad I got to see it. Very nice! You said some things here that I found helpful. It's inspiring that you were able to camp in forests and deserts even with the limited ground clearance. I like the way that you moved around a lot (that is my style, too), and how you did errands on the way to your next destination. This is a sound mindset to adopt. The solar panels make a world of difference, don't they? I liked, too, your mention of seldom having to worry about low tree branches. That's a benefit of van life that hadn't even crossed my mind.
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