It’s been three months now, and I wanted to put down a few thoughts I have about living in a 24 foot long RV – the interior living space including the bathroom, kitchen, couch and dinette area is 16’ long by 8’ wide, or 127 square feet, not including the over-cab sleeping area.
So far, in the last three months I’ve driven to and lived in three states, California, Oregon and Washington. The campgrounds I’ve visited in each state have been different, and I’ve enjoyed each one.
So far I’ve spent days along the beaches, weeks in parks with lakes, rivers and lots of trees. I’m not much of a sightseer, and that wasn’t my plan when I decided to full-time. I’m doing exactly what I wanted to do: live at the beach, live by a lake, live in the forest. I’ve overnighted at highway rest areas and Wal-Mart parking lots, one restaurant parking lot and one casino parking lot. Even parking lots have trees, and maybe a field or something scenic next door.
I’ve enjoyed the drive from place to place, going through small towns, cities, forests, and along beaches. Windy coast roads and wide freeways. Lots of bridges and tunnels, short and long.
I’ve learned a lot, had my owner’s manuals out a lot, had a back-up camera, coach and truck batteries, and vent covers installed, and some minor repair work done. Katie and I have established a daily routine, and it works well for us.
I’ve been lucky that we’ve found a place to stay every night, had good neighbors, and when there was a problem, it was easily fixed and I learned from it.
Living in an RV is very romantic, and I mean that in this interpretation of the word: “imbued with or dominated by idealism, a desire for adventure, chivalry, etc.” For people wanting to see all the different cities, towns and areas and what they have to offer, there really isn’t a better way to travel. For those of us wanting a simpler life, same thing. How else could I have spent my days, with my dog, by the beach, lakes, rivers, parks and forests I’ve visited? And so comfortably, with all my “stuff” right here with me.
In the next three months I’ll be in at least three new states, ending in Arizona for the winter. When I leave Arizona, I don’t know if I’ll visit new states or retrace my steps. I’ve stayed in more parks with hookups than I thought I would, but I love having water and electricity. I hope to boondock in the future on forest lands and in the desert.
From Me and My Dog, Katie, here’s to the next three months on the road with The Palms. : )