Going Tiny | Why We Chose An RV

March 13, 2017 3 Comments

It has been quite the journey since I last posted about our “going tiny” adventure. We have minimalized, Kon Mari’d, and relentlessly thrown away and donated the apparently many, many, things that we were hoarding…. I cant even…Because, I thought, once upon a time that I was pretty good at being minimal in my lifestyle… nope, compared to a “good” minimalist I belonged on the tube, sharing my hoarding story with the world of horrified viewers. Hahaha ok, maybe not THAT bad, but still.

So here is the deal, when I first approached my husband about the idea of living in a small, super cramped up space with our three kids so that we could travel and explore, he basically just laughed it off. Like, yeah, sure you crazy person whom I married, let’s do that crazy thing you said. But only a short period later ( 4 Years ) and only a small amount to convincing on my part, I got him to enjoy the idea… Who’s laughing now * queue evil laugh*

In the beginning I really wanted one of those super sexy amazing cabin style houses that are built on a trailer, I still do actually, but we decided to go with an RV instead. Why, you ask, all super interested in our madness?

It actually was a “quick fix” idea to begin with. The thing is, our lease for the rental we were in was coming to an end and it was either get with the program or sign on for another year to be in a place that we really didn’t want to be at, so… we put our heads together.

While the more “modern” tiny home look is nicer and has a lot of potential as a home for our family, because we could basically build one, or have it built for us, to fit our every need, it felt to us like buying a house. Buying a really tiny house, that we would kind of be locked into keeping without really knowing how our family was going to work in a small space. Then of course, because we are last minute people, we really didn’t have the time to just wait for our house to be built either. So the little, fancy, just for us deal was off, at least for a little while.

There is a whole mess of folks out there that live, with there families, in campers and RVs. The original tiny home on wheels, you could say. My husband pitched the idea, and we went with it. Here is why:

  • We could get a hold of one more quickly than the cabin style.
  • They can be more affordable than the cabins on wheels.
  • We could decide that we didn’t like tiny living and move back into a cookie cutter, while having something to travel/ sleep in.
  • It wasn’t a huge, live changing investment we didn’t even know if we could with a year down the road.
  • (With the RV) It would be something that we could easily travel in with a trailer for our motorcycles and without buying a big ass truck to tow it around.

So, we looked around and it turned out that a friend of ours was selling their RV, because they had just gotten a new one, they also lived by the slogan “home is where you park it”. We bought it and waited, because there was three feet of snow on the ground and we couldn’t drive it or even get it out.

During our waiting period, our lease ran up and we decided to move our stuff, after going through it, into storage. We still have too much stuff, I am pretty ashamed actually. We moved ourselves, very temporarily, into my parent’s house until we could go and pick up our new-to-us RV. Once picked up and moved, we have had some… redecorating… to do. Because, let’s face it, no RV/Camper ever has updated their 70’s patterns and brown…everything. Seriously though, it’s bad, but with some TLC and the skills of one self-proclaimed interior decorator, I think I can make it livable. *insert laughing emoji*

We have officially been living in our new home for two days, so I cannot tell yet if everybody will survive the situation, but so far it’s all very positive. The children, of course, think that it is the coolest thing in the world and bug us everyday to travel in it. While my husband and I are enjoying getting all of our stuff organized and put together… Alright you caught me… I am just enjoying seeing it all come together, I am pretty sure the only thing my husband has enjoyed these past couple of days is laying on our super fluffy bed at night eati`ng secret, not-for-children chocolate and watching some Netflix.  Pictures of the process, I swear, are on their way.

If worse comes to worse, we hate tiny living and think that it is the dumbest thing ever, probably not going to happen but, it will not be like we spent 15,000 dollars to make that mistake, you know? And if we absolutely love it, it fits our family well then we will probably save up as we grow out of this RV and update, either to a new RV or a cute cabin on wheels!

What would you choose to go with given the option?

Until next time fellow adventurer!

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    Sheena

    March 21, 2017

    OMG, I totally missed your post that y’all were doing this. Soooo..we sold our house last week. We have a contract on another house BUT had about a week of no where to go with our 4 kids, 4 dogs, cat and goldfish we decided it was cheap to buy an RV and live in it than to get a hotel for all 12 of us for a week maybe longer. Tomorrow we are “suppose” to close on our new house. Literally we have been texting the mortgage guy tonight and it may or may not happen. If it doesn’t happen we are walking from the house and going to live in our RV till a house we love comes available. It’s crazy I know, but it’s not that bad. I actually kinda love it!! So are y’all going to travel?? What is your plan for work?? I am so going to hunt down your other post about it now.

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      passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

      March 27, 2017

      That is so awesome! haha however things turn out, I hope that you and your family enjoy it all!

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    annasbeehive

    March 27, 2017

    My husband and I lost our home to an electrical fire in 2015, and it truly was one of the BEST things that has ever happened to us! In the process of dealing with the house, the mortgage, the insurance, the realtors… we quickly came to realize that we didn’t truly own the house. We never owned the house. The bank owned the house, so long as we dotted all the bank’s i’s and crossed all the bank’s t’s, and carried specific insurance the bank required, and… and… and….. And then we had to spend all of our time working to pay for the house and all it’s contents, which meant, and I mean this quite literally, we had the privilege of sleeping in the house the BANK owned.

    We decided to cash out, pay off the debt, and with a portion of the remaining balance, we purchased a 5th wheel RV, so that we would never again be “homeless.” We now live in it full-time, and have an absolutely wonderful Tiny Life! We move if we wish to, and we park as long as we like. We love the minimalist life that this both forces and allows us to live. It is incredibly freeing to walk away from things, and to live with a focus on experiences, friends, and love.

    I wish you all the best in your new journey!

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