As you can imagine going from a five bedroom 4 1/2 bath home to a camper is a huge change. Consolidating to very few necessary belongings makes you take a hard look at all the unnecessary junk we all so easily collect. When it came right down to it, we just needed clothes, computers, some movies, phones, and chargers. The kids picked a couple of stuffed animals, and we were on our way. Jamming our home into four storage units and our mover’s warehouse was a task that Carly and Matthew handled wonderfully. So how do you live in a camper? I’ll start with the benefits: – Cleaning is easy because you don’t have a lot of space and cleaning wipes are easy. – You are stuck very close to your loved ones. – Some days I just sweep the dirt on the floor right out the door. – Your view can be the beach, mountains, woods or anything you desire. – Saves lots of money. – You can move your home whenever you want, especially when your neighbors are nasty. – The sound of rain hitting the roof is calming. – You meet lots of wonderful people from all walks of life. – Opening the windows and getting tons of fresh air is easy and refreshing. – The fridge is small, so you clean it out and organize often. – You don’t shop at Costco or buy extra junk. – The Xbox works in the kid’s room. – Kids spend a lot of time outdoors (like when we were kids) making up games, geocaching, and exploring. – Very quick heating and cooling. I blast the heater right before my shower. – The outdoor kitchen is great, makes cooking outside simple with a fridge, burners, sink and grille. Now for the hard parts: – Showers are short. You have about 4 minutes total so soaking then hitting the magic button to soap up is a must. Although, we just found an RV tankless water heater and will be hopefully installing soon. – When the kids fight, timeout is the tree out back, the trailer step or the hitch cart. – No dishwasher and not a lot of counter space, so you wash, dry and put away. Not all bad.
Mud…did I mention mud? Yes, it can be muddy depending on the season. We did go to Lowes and buy cinder blocks and 3/4 inch plywood to make little makeshift decks under our stairs. We also both bought some Boggs boots to go back and forth from camper to car. – Remi leaves the door open to the bathroom and yells for privacy. – You eat lots of hotdogs and marshmallows. – The wet dog smell stays around a bit longer. – You can spend an hour trying to figure out how to light the propane oven (haha). – You worry about your pipes freezing on spring break when it drops to 18 degrees, and you sure hope you have enough propane. – No laundry which is definitely the hardest. I must find someone to help with this piece soon. Otherwise, we just love our time in the woods, with our family, dogs, and camper. If you know anyone that wants to make some money and do our laundry, please let me know.