a blog about RV life and people.
I’m Jaime and the other one’s Bret. We purchased a used fifth wheel RV in July 2016, renovated and remodeled over the course of a couple weeks, and moved in.
Bret and I had spent all of our independent adult lives in apartments or rental houses paying rent to a landlord or a housing management company. We calculated that after just four years of apartment dwelling, we had paid $36,000 in rent. It was a ton of money we’d never see again. And what did we have to show for it? Nothing beyond four years worth of payment stubs that were taking up room in our file cabinet.
We knew we didn’t want to keep paying rent, and we didn’t want to buy a house. But we didn’t really see many other options available to us until we saw my sister’s home on wheels. She lives full-time in a 35′ fifth wheel in a lovely RV park with her husband and pup. It was the first time we’d ever really seen that sort of thing, and we were enchanted. They found a great deal on a used camper. They just pay a small bit in rent to their RV park where they have great neighbors, 24/7 access to bath houses, and management who treat them like family. We had no idea an RV could be so spacious, and that making a home of one could be so practical. We decided to make it our goal to move from our apartment into an fifth wheel camper as soon as we could.
so here we are: brand new, full-time RV dwellers sharing our adventures in living and learning about life in a camper.
All throughout our journey–researching, buying, renovating, maintaining, and repairing our camper–RV blogs and YouTube channels have provided us with invaluable instruction and inspiration from people in similar situations. That said, much of what’s published online about actually living in RVs pertains to people who are on the road. But for us, and for lots of others who I don’t see often represented, RV life is stationary.
Even parked, RV living can be an amazing, empowering alternative to the conventional house-or-apartment rut, but I think it often goes misunderstood or even unrecognized as a viable option. I hope that sharing our stories (and hopefully, those from other RVers) might shed a little light on what it looks like, at least for us. Thanks for being here!