First off, we're heading into Palm Springs today and then making our way towards Vegas area, down to Arizona and then New Mexico (we'll be in New Mexico for the last two weeks of March for sure, as friends are meeting us there!
If anyone has any tips and ideas of places we HAVE to go, places they're hoping to check out, rv parks to stay at, please please please let us know!!!!
Secondly....we're a couple of months into our journey, so I thought I'd answer a few questions from our experience so far....
- we bought a 1973 Barth class A (all in one) motorhome from Craigslist for $7000. and spent a bunch of money fixing it up, adding a new furnace, adding a solar panel, etc Now that we've been traveling for a bit, I see the value in a truck/trailer set-up as there have been numerous times we would have just liked a smaller vehicle to drive around with. However, traveling this way has encouraged us to be more active, by biking places, walking to bus stops, and exploring different areas of the city by transit.
- we found the first month or so to be a huge period of adjustments. Dh not working full time, all of us being together 24/7 - a good thing, for sure, but it changed the dynamics of the family and we just had to figure out our new way. We sold our house and left our beloved neighbourhood, and that was a big transition with lots of sadness. It took a couple of weeks for the kids to start sleeping well, which took it's toll on us, there are 5 of us living in less than 150 square feet and that took a bit to get used to (especially in the rain and cold), cooking can be a hassle as all the kitchen stuff is crammed into a tiny space and I feel like I'm constantly unpacking and repacking to do anything - at first it made me grumpy, but over time it just became the new reality and we found ways to make the space work and that helped. So I would suggest giving yourselves a chunk of time to settle into the new reality.
- Now, the Barth feels like home and we're loving it! We've found warmer weather and live a lot outside. We've accepted that it's so easy for the motorhome to get messy, so we've done even more decluttering, and get less stressed out about it. We stop lots and stay at places long enough to do a bit of touristy stuff but also to just be, hang out, catch up on laundry - it's tiring to always be exploring and seeing new things! We also find that a good mix of State Parks and RV parks are what works for us - we feel much more at home at the State Parks, and love the beautiful settings, and the feeling like we're really camping. However, the RV Parks offer full hookups which is nice at times, pools for the kids, free wireless and also laundry rooms - and if you're traveling with a tv, I notice most even offer free cable as a part of their hook ups!
For now we're just doing it for a year, as a transition to a whole new life in Ottawa. It's gotten us thinking about how we can live full time with very little work away from home, as we're really enjoying the time together. We'd like to buy property in the Ottawa Valley so the kids can be near their cousins and family, but I imagine many rv trips from our home base!!!!!!
Let me know if you have any other questions - and I'd love to hear other peoples' experiences so far!